Progesterone treatments may significantly reduce preterm births
Every mother-to-be wants to have a normal pregnancy and a healthy, full term baby. But preterm birth – delivery at less than 37 weeks – is on the rise all over the world. In the U.S. one in eight babies is born prematurely. This increase is linked to rising rates of diabetes and obesity, stress, multiple births and other complications that require early delivery, often by Caesarian section.
A new study on progesterone treatment might just change those statistics for certain women. When given vaginally, progesterone reduced preterm birth by 42% in women at risk of premature delivery due to a short cervix. (more…)